On my old, now defunct blog, I wanted to start a series that I could do on the side about famous, mainly forgotten women in History (I know, most women are forgotten about in History) but those women who had paved the way for others, who had fought for their right to be the best they could be. Those women are important, their stories should be heard.
Well I’ve decided to try and get this up and running. I’ll be picking one woman from history each week to research and write about – as if I don’t have enough to do – but I think this will be a nice little series to try and keep on top of and it means no matter what; I have a blog post up weekly.
The first one will be all my time favourite woman. She is very very famous, but I’m sure many people won’t know just how amazing she was. She was a Queen, the original feminist and very good at getting her own way in almost everything she set her eye on. She is of course, Eleanor of Aquitaine. I’m going to start with her as she’s always been my favourite queen, she’s always fascinated me (and my mother) and when I was 5 I visited her grave (although at the time, she had only just been uncovered) and 25 years later I went to visit her again. In all her glory, next to her husband Henry II, her favourite son Richard the Lionheart and his poor put upon wife Berengaria Of Navarre (I’ve just had an argument with myself where Google won as I was convinced his wife was called Isabelle – even though I’ve seen her effigy which clearly states her name. Sorry Berengaria, even in death you’re remembered incorrectly).
Sidenote: Isabella of Angouleme is buried in Fontrevaud next to King Richard I – she was King John’s wife who, in later life, decided to conspire against the king of France and when that backfired, she escaped to Fontrevaud for sanctuary. You wouldn’t think that I went to Fontrevaud Abbey in MAY THIS YEAR and have already completely forgotten everything I read. This is why I’m now doing English for my degree.
Anyway, back on track. So Eleanor, she’ll be the first in my little series. I might have to then move onto Isabella seeing as how I have included her incorrectly with Richard for 30 years. Hopefully, I’ll provide a bit of background on each woman, how she changed history and her impact on later generations.
If anyone wants to see a perfectly lovely woman butchered/remembered incorrectly or assigned to completely the wrong king by my history series, please let me know in the comments!